Defining Meaningful Functional Improvement on the Visual Analog Scale for Satisfaction at 2 Years After Hip Arthroscopy for Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome

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      To (1) define Substantial Clinical Benefit (SCB), Patient Acceptable Symptomatic State (PASS), and Minimal Clinically Important Difference (MCID) for the visual analog scale (VAS) Satisfaction in patients undergoing hip arthroscopy for femoroacetabular impingement syndrome (FAIS), and (2) identify preoperative predictors of achieving each outcome end-point.


      Data from consecutive patients who underwent primary hip arthroscopy between November 2014 and January 2017 were prospectively collected and retrospectively analyzed. Inclusion criteria consisted of patients with clinical and radiographic diagnosis of FAIS, who failed nonoperative treatment, underwent primary hip arthroscopy to address the FAIS, and had at minimum 2-year follow-up. Baseline data and postoperative patient-reported outcome scores were recorded at 2 years postoperatively. To quantify clinical significance of outcome achievement on the VAS)Satisfaction, we calculated MCID, PASS, and SCB for this outcome measure. A multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to identify preoperative predictors of achieving SCB, PASS, and MCID satisfaction.


      A total of 335 patients were included in the final analysis, with an average age and body mass index (BMI) of 32.8 (standard deviation ± 12.4) years and 25.2 (standard deviation ± 5.3), respectively, and the majority being female (69.3%). The values on the VAS satisfaction were identified to represent MCID, PASS, and SCB, respectively: 52.8, 80.9, and 89.7. The rates of achieving clinically significant improvement on the VAS Satisfaction was 85.6%, 68.1%, and 56.9% for MCID, PASS, and SCB, respectively. A larger preoperative alpha angle was predictive for achieving SCB (odds ratio [OR], 1.076; P = .046), whereas lower BMI (OR, 0.955; P = .047) and larger preoperative alpha angle (OR, 1.12; P = .025) were predictors for achieving PASS.


      This study identified threshold VAS satisfaction scores of 52.8, 80.9, and 89.7 for achieving MCID, SCB, and PASS, respectively, at 2-year follow-up following hip arthroscopy for FAIS. Furthermore, preoperative variables including larger preoperative alpha angles and lower BMI are predictors of achieving superior clinical satisfaction.

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